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BBC Sport invites bids for storage system in £1m tender

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SPAR saves time and money with video conferencing

Like many businesses, SPAR, the international grocery chain with 2,500 UK stores, found last winter tough. Not necessarily because customers weren’t visiting the stores in the snow, but because the poor weather meant that SPAR UK executives, who need to travel to distribution centres from Cornwall to Dundee, often found that conditions prevented them from making meetings. That made things ... Read More »

Gates and Zuckerberg pour $9m into US school broadband scheme

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BBC issues £248m worth of tenders for playout services

The BBC is looking for suppliers to provide the playout of the BBC’s TV channels, in two contracts worth up to a combined £248m. The first lot is for the playout of public service broadcasting for network TV channels in the UK, and an option for the playout of the BBC nations channels. “The services under this lot comprise of ... Read More »

Malware writers ‘using marketing techniques’ to evaluate their attacks, claims Proofpoint

Malware writers have adopted mainstream marketing techniques to monitor and assess the effectiveness of their campaigns, according to Mark Sparshott, EMEA director of channels, alliances OEM at security software vendor Proofpoint. Furthermore, he added, they are adapting their strategies in a bid to get round corporate security systems. Speaking at this week’s IT Leaders’ Forum, Sparshott said: “They use clever ... Read More »

Changing Times: an interview with FT CIO Christina Scott

The publishing industry has been described as being “in transition” for almost 20 years now, with declining advertising revenues from print proving the death-knell for many titles. One brand seeking to buck that trend is the Financial Times (FT). And key to the strategy to maintain profitability in an uncertain market is data. “We have a strong analytics capability at ... Read More »

Hillarys Blinds deploys Avaya’s Aura UC platform to boost customer support

Shutter-maker Hillarys Blinds has deployed Avaya’s Aura Unified Communications (UC) and Contact Centre platform, as the UK manufacturer looks to embrace multichannel customer support. The firm has over 150 contact centre employees across sales and service departments, as well as a nationwide network of around 1,000 field-based advisers. But as consumers increasingly use digital services, the company now has an ... Read More »

Facebook at Work to compete with LinkedIn, Google and Microsoft

Facebook is working behind the scenes on a new website dubbed “Facebook at Work” in a bid to compete with social business and collaboration platforms from the likes of Google and Microsoft, as well as professional social network LinkedIn, according to the Financial Times. The project, which was first reported by TechCrunch, aims to enable users to chat to colleagues ... Read More »

Ex-Google exec seeks to stamp out ad-blocker software

An ex-Google executive has launched a startup company that will attempt to unravel the power of ad-blocking software. Ben Barokas, who is former general manager of marketplace development for Google, officially launched Sourcepoint yesterday, with $10m funding from investors in his company’s coffers. This may be small change for some, as Google alone has lost up to $6.6bn in revenue ... Read More »

‘A huge accolade for a company of our size’: How Tollring outshone its larger rivals at the Vendor Excellence Awards

“There were some really big names in our category, not least the likes of Tableau,” said Tony Martino, managing director of Tollring, reflecting on the firm’s victory in the inaugural Computing Vendor Excellence Awards, in which the firm’s iC360 Suite won the Data Visualisation of the Year category. “For us to stand up alongside those, and not just be shortlisted ... Read More »

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